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537 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6Z6, Canada (George / York)
+1 613-789-7355
11:30 - 01:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 01:00
Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 15:00 - 00:00
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Halifax, NS
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211 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited Social with some colleagues for a business meeting. It has some lovely private rooms and the decor is very modern and impressive. However, the place was pretty empty (at lunch on a Friday?) so at least the noise level was tolerable in the main restaurant. The service was good and the food was very tasty, albeit FAR more... More 

Thank JB81ontheroad
Hamilton, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was fine, but the service was not great. We came in early to an empty restaurant and we were made feel like we were disrupting the staff. For a few hundred dollars for three on a Tuesday, a little courtesy would have been nice. The pasta was fine, the trout was good but a little cold. Still, I... More 

Thank Suzanne B
Brockville, Canada
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252 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere here is fun and relaxing. The wait staff are friendly too. I had the squid and the lamb and really enjoyed both. The martini was another tiny tiny Ottawa martini. What is it with this town and the 1/2 size martinis? My wife's rib eye was tasty but way too salty. Over the top salt so she was... More 

Thank kickboy
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is the second time I go to this restaurant after having gone there in the spring of 2015. It might just be me but I found that the food was not quite on par with what it had been. I was part of a group and asked for the vegan option and what I got instead was burnt veggies.... More 

Thank Michel D
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Had a lovely meal here and the food was very good. Our waiter Dewey gave us some local cheese to taste as we had said we liked cheese but were full after a starter and main course couldnt eat a cheeseboard. He brought us just a little taste and didnt charge for it. A lovely touch to end a very... More 

Thank daftmare
Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Prior to booking the staff allowed us to visit first, discuss the menu and wines on offer. We were able to select our preferred table.

Thank PBK584
Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The service was definitely not friendly. The food was poor to average (e.g. a hamburger that kept falling apart because it was too greasy). The wine was very expensive. And the banquet seating was very uncomfortable.

Thank AJS90
Ottawa, Canada
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128 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We dined at lunch with another couple. Having heard good things about Social, we all expected to have a very good meal. It was disappointing. One person had the the daily special, a burger. He found the meat kept slipping out of the bun, making it messy. The flavour was not particularly good. The kale Caesar salad was okay but... More 

Thank Lorraine1065
Edmonton, Canada
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41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

A short walk from the Westin and downtown. Lovely advice, small menu with great food. Nice for a special occasion.

Thank floodnik
Barrie, Canada
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Amazing menu with wonderful options. The blue cheese brownie for dessert was the hit of the night along with the goat cheese ice cream. The staff was very attentive and the tables very comfortable. Will definitely return.

Thank Andrea M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
15:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 537 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6Z6, Canada
    (George / York)
  • Public Transportation: There are public transit stops on Rideau street and at the Rideau Center (which is within walking distance).
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-789-7355

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?